Paula J. Adams Hillard, M.D., is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine where she serves as Associate Chair for Medical Student Education. She earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of North Carolina and obtained her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in OB/Gyn at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was on the faculty at the University of Virginia, and served as Professor in the Departments of OB/Gyn and Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCHMC) /University of Cincinnati Medical Center for 23 years. At CCHMC she was the founder of a postgraduate fellowship training program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She currently directs the program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

She has been active on a number of national medical committees, including chair of the American College Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) Committees on Patient Education, Adolescent Health, and Guidelines for Women’s Health; she is a past member of the Gynecologic Practice Committee, the Gynecology Document Review Committee, and the Ethics Committee. She was been an examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists from 1991-2015. She is a Board Member of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and was elected a fellow of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. She is a past president of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and is an active contributor to the literature in adolescent gynecology and contraception with over 200 journal articles and abstracts published. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She is the sole editor of two textbooks: the 5-Minute Consult in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2008) and Practical Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (2013). She is the author of over 120 book chapters on women’s health. She has been a consultant and a member of tasks forces and committees for the CDC, the U.S. FDA, the NICHD, the AMA, American Cancer Society, and ACOG. In addition to her work as a member of editorial boards and as an ad hoc reviewer for professional publications, Dr. Hillard has extensive experience with the consumer press. She was a contributing editor to Parents magazine from 1982-1990, writing a monthly column on pregnancy and birth--and currently acts as an editorial consultant to women’s publications such as Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Glamour, YM, and Seventeen, as well as ABC News. She is a consultant to and a member of the medical advisory board of Clue, a menstrual cycle tracking app. She has been recognized for her teaching, and has been selected as one of 18 senior faculty master teachers/mentors for medical students at the Stanford University School of Medicine in a formal mentoring program called Educators for CARE: Compassion, Advocacy, Responsibility, and Empathy.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Focused Practice in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (2020)
  • Residency: North Carolina Memorial Hospital (Univ of North Carolina) Pediatrics Residency (1978) NC
  • Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology (1983)
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1977) CA
  • B.S., Univ of N.C., Chapel Hill, Zoology (1973)
  • M.D., Stanford Univ School of Medicine, Medicine (1977)

Awards & Memberships
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Cincinnati (1997)
  • Best Doctors for Women, Good Housekeeping (1997)
  • Educators for CARE, Stanford University School of Medicine (2008)
  • GB Hayden Memorial Award for surgical teaching, Univ of Cincinnati Dept. OB/Gyn (1996)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, UNC-CH (1971)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Chair of Medical Student Education, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2011 - Present)
  • Chief, Division of Gynecologic Specialties, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2007 - 2011)


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Practice Locations

Young Adult Gynecology Clinic Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, Garden Level

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(408) 637-5959

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Patient Reviews

(25 reviews)

I HAVE ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE IN DR HILLARD It is unfortunate that she does not see patients on a regular basis anymore
I give Dr. Hillard an A++ grade. She is outstanding! Dr. Hillard.
As a member of the LGBT community, I found Dr Hillard to be exceptionally professional and understanding while being respectful. I would definitely recommend Dr Hillard, especially to other LGBT patients.
Dr. Hillard is the epitome of a great physician, as her pt. I feel safe and cared for. When I used to be a nurse at SHC ICU, and had her pts. to care for, I knew without a doubt they'd get the best care ever possible!
No words to describe how much I adore Dr. Hillard. Her southern charm is unsurpassable. She is truly kind, knows how to handle "me", very soothing and she is THE BEST I can never see myself with any other doctor, EVER!
By far the very best experience I have ever had with a care provider. I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Dr. Hillard.
Dr. Hillard is an outstanding doctor & would highly recommend her. She has very good bed side manners very approachable & knowledgeable & take care of her patients.
Dr. Hillard dismissed my concern about fatigue to be hormone change related without explaining.
Dr. Hillard don't have any effort to include me in decisions about my treatment. She didn't understand my sensitivities to medications and just want to do what she prefers to do as prescribe.
Dr. Hillard, always nice, caring, shows she cares good lister.
Professional, easy to understand explanations, detailed attention to questions and concerns, felt confident in her ability to discern/interpret/prescribe course of action re: my problem and or concerns
Dr. Hillard and the RN, worked together as a compassionate, coordinated team w/a sense of humor. BEST office visit ever!!
Dr. Hillard "acts" caring (& is VERY thorough w/pts.) - YET @ times she seems to be going through the motions & seems extremely inauthentic. There are movements when she is explaining things so slowly, it feels condescending.
Dr. Hillard was fantastic.
Dr Hillard is the best physician / surgeon I have ever had. I am so thankful I was referred to her for my medical issue. She makes sure I understand everything and her bedside manner is terrific.
Overall wonderful experience.
I will be switching providers: doctor is too aloof & didn't remember, important info for my surgery & intern screwed up & left huge SCAR & sewed crooked.
I think Dr. Hillard is a very good doctor & I would recommend her to other patients.
Hillard, Paula J Adams, MD is best doctor. Thank you very much.
P Hillard always takes amazing care of me! Only feel safe w/her when it comes to my health.
Dr. Hillard was very gentle when she gave me the annual exam.
Dr. Hillard is thorough, kind, knowledgeable, considerate, respectful - everything I want in a doctor!
My primary reason to see the provider was for a possible cyst. She seemed more interested in my hereditary issues. While I appreciate the thoroughness, I left feeling like my primary issue wasn't fully addressed.
Dr. Hillard is a amazing dr. that I trust.
Dr. Hillard is the BEST!

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